Political Sideshow 2016: From “Bitch” to (Big) “Nuts” and Beyond
Schmidt Center Public Space: October 14 – December 3, 2016
Opening: Thursday, October 13, 2016, 6:30pm
6:45pm Vent-o-matic performance with Randy Burman
Political Sideshow 2016: From “Bitch” to (Big) “Nuts” and Beyond, is an exhibition presenting election campaign paraphernalia and contemporary artworks by Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung, Pip Brant, Jamilah Sabur and Veronica Mills, Aurora Molina & Randy Burman examining the current presidential campaign as the “sideshow” to the main electoral event. It samples the vivid, angry, accusatory, often bigoted, vulgar and offensive merchandise and internet images and memes produced in response to the 2016 election. This exhibit does not encompass the entire range of available content, but features those that address social status factors, including race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexuality, age, religion and class, speaking to the ways these issues are at play in the election. The hope is to further ongoing public discussion about engaged citizenship, civil discourse, democratic values, social justice, community amidst differences, and the past, present and future of what is commonly understood as a shared American dream of equality, freedom and prosperity. The exhibition is the brainchild of co-curator and FAU professor Jane Caputi, Ph.D (Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies) in conjunction with FAU alum and adjunct professor AdrienneRose Gionta, MFA, (Visual Arts) the exhibition’s designer and co-curator.
Free & Open to the Public
Wednesday, October 19 at 3:30pm
From Political Circus 2008 to Political Sideshow 2016
Speaker: Jane Caputi, PhD (Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies)
Whiteness and Class Solidarity in the Trump Campaign
Speaker: Rachel Copley, PhD student (Comparative Studies)
Who's Supporting What?: Party Platform Highlights
Speaker: Stephanie Flint, PhD student (Comparative Studies)
Hillary as "Medusa"
Speaker: Simone Clunie, Wimberly Library FAU
Images: Schmidt Center Gallery Public Space installation shots